Archive for June, 2009


For Today… June 29th, 2009

Outside my window… We moved the computer to my daughter’s old room so all I see from this window is the maple tree, a bit of garage roof  and the sky. it is sunny so the tree is very prettily dappled right now

I am thinking… Of how and where I want to arrange the furniture, since the desk is no longer in the living room

I am thankful for… My husband’s patience and understanding as I shuffle the rooms about and mourn my daughter’s absence. He doesn’t do well with chaos or tears. Poor man, it is a double whammy

I am hearing… FBN Radio

From the kitchen… Pepper steak with rice and salad for dinner and Upside down Rhubarb Cake from Mennonite Girls Can Cook

I am wearing… A light denim skirt, a white sleeveless shirt underneath a white cap sleeved blouse with yellow blue and green pin stripes and my flipflops

I am creating… A mess of furniture 🙂

I am going… To my inlaw’s for coffee

I am reading… Through the Book of Psalms. 78 was the last one I read

I am hoping…To get my house organized by tomorrow

I am praying… For many things, mostly about my friends and family

Around the house… It is quiet and different with Christina gone. 😦

One of my favorite things… Ice cream cones that we bought more of yesterday 🙂

A few plans for the rest of the week: Once the house is set up I want to start on my Christmas crafting; I have several projects I need to begin on. Weeding the garden is on my list too.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

This is an old picture of Christina, with my mom. She was 13 here. She took the camera with her when she left so I have no new pictures until we go to Vancouver in July and I can buy a camera of my own at Best Buy.


(for more daybook entrys visit The Simple Woman’s daybook Blog)


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I wonder?

How many people died yesterday  without any public recognition or tributes for their life’s talents, achievements, kindnesses, charity, heroics and general efforts?

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To think on…

Some of the sting is taken from sin if we think of it as a misfortune. Often we do this; we talk of the unfortunate heathen, the unfortunate criminal, the unfortunate delinquent, the unfortunate drunkard. Each time we use the word we are attempting to protect the sinner from the judgment of God by using a word that puts him in a passive, helpless position instead of an active responsible one.

The first chapter of Romans makes it quite clear that even the most debauched heathen are not unfortunate heirs of a sinful heritage, but rather personal participants in a sinful life of their own choosing. They had the light of conscience and creation but they chose the darkness of idolatry and superstition.

Jesus did not talk about sin as a passive misfortune but as an active responsibility: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin” (John 15:22)

Taken from:

Daily Gospel by Paul B Smith, Zondervan Publishing House; Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1964

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This was posted in a group I belong to and I thought I’d share it here. I did finish it, with all 30 books and the variant found, but my head still hurts from trying so hard to find them. I know I have done it before, a long time ago, but I had forgotten and ended up having to use Google to help me.

Can you find thirty (30) books of the Bible in this paragraph? Actually, there are 31 if you can find the variant of one Old Testament prophet’s name.

There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight.” Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus; there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found.

Can you find them all? Can you find the book which is hidden here that has a name variant to make the 31?

Have fun! 😀

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I was going to do a Simple Woman’s Daybook post today but saw this over at Stray Thoughts and decided to borrow it instead. Barbara says:

This was on Facebook as a “Random survey for the bored.” I’m not bored, but thought it looked like fun. I get these kinds of things in e-mail sometimes. Feel free to borrow this, and let me know if you do! I’ll come read your answers.

So I’ll let her know I did, and let me know if you do too 🙂

What is on your desktop wallpaper?
An ugly brown Ubuntu screen image. My husband’s choice and something much ‘fought over’ in our home. I like pretty pictures, he likes Ubuntu uglyness. I can’t wait until I can use Christina’s computer when she goes to her dad’s . Webshots here I come! 

What is your favorite zoo animal?

What was your favorite toy as a child?
A Jenny Doll.

What food do you eat too much of?

What kind of hairstyle do you have?
It’s fine, thin and straight, medium length and I’m growing out, so it’s kind of messy and unstyled.

What was your favorite activity in gym class?
Floor hockey, so I could push the geeks around with my friends. I was not a very nice person in high school.

What is on the shirt you are wearing right now?
I’m wearing a pink sweatshirt over my pajamas and the only thing on it is an ice cream stain from last night. (should I admit that out loud?? lol)

What is the picture nearest to you of?
An embroidered spring greetings bunny picture I made.

What kind of salad dressing do you like?

Whats your least favorite food?

What do you do on a Sunday night?
Hang out at home, doing whatever.

If you could only use one condiment on your food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What color are your sheets?
Dark red.

How big is your computer display?
I don’t know, and neither does my husband (I had to ask him 🙂 )

What pair of shoes do you wear most often?
right now, since it is summer, my flipflops.

What is your favorite game?

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Mashed potatoes.

What is your favorite pizza topping?

What time do you plan on waking up tomorrow?
Maybe 8? I don’t plan to get up usually.

What is your favorite day of the year?
My birthday! :-)

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Today has been the wettest, darkest day we’ve had in months. It is cold in here too. I want to turn the heat on, but because it is the first official day of summer I won’t. That would just be wrong.

Other than the weather, the most exciting thing to happen here today has been the tragic beating death of a spider with a converse. Here she is, the executioner, still hyperventilating after the fact. I am so proud of her because she did it in all by herself and she even used her own shoe and not one of mine. What a girl!

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Breakfast and a routine

Mmm I just tried a new breakfast:  Peanut butter banana carob smoothie and a toasted raisin english muffin with some cheese melted on top.  Surprisingly good. 🙂

Okay, so now that you know what I ate today, what I want to discuss this morning is this:

I really, really need a routine for my housework. It is ridiculous that I have only myself, my husband and a 16 year old to clean up after and it is still a mess here. I wake up in the morning and make our bed, and sometimes I start a load in  the washer while the coffee brews, but other than that it is catch-as-catch-can, and most days it is more like cannot. Right now I have dishes (rinsed off) from 2 days ago piled up on my kitchen counter. It isn’t always this bad, but with the heat and working out in the garden added onto things the lackadaisical method I have for cleaning is falling even more behind.

I can’t get into Flylady, although I like the bit about shining the sink every night, she is just too chatty. I want something simple and easy to follow.

So tell me, what works for you? What doesn’t?  Any tips or suggestions?

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